Mark Adler has morphed his passion of making films and training over a long multifaceted career which includes roles on corporate, commercial and feature film productions. He has found himself on the cutting edge of his craft using new technology to tell stories, capture events or assist the creative team on a number of projects.
A fine writer, he translated that creative ability into television and film production. These strong skills have been honed further by training others in courses and seminars. Through his relationships and experience Mark has become a leader, business owner, event planner, an author (“Production Algebra, a handbook for production assistants” 2009 – Volume 2 ebook June 2018) and a public speaker.
Over the past 25 years, Mark Adler has developed his creative and organizational skills in positions ranging from Trainer and Director to Producer and President of VAIdigital LLC a video support company for the film industry. At present, Mark divides his time between managing VAIdigital and building his 501c6 trade organization, the Michigan Production Alliance with the goal of creating a more stable financial environment for the production community in Michigan.
During his career, Mark has trained hundreds of individuals in the use of production, multimedia methods and technology. As President and primary technician of VAIdigital LLC , Mark functions as liaison and consultant on the video aspects of commercial and feature film productions as well as providing rental of video assist and TelePrompTer display systems.
VAIdigital LLC has provided video assist or “instant replay” service on thousands of local, regional and national commercials over many years – FCA, Ford and GM are clients. He has worked directly with directors as the Video Assist Operator on feature films such as BATMAN v SUPERMAN, and KEY video assist on FREAKY DEAKY, The SET UP, VAMPS, THE DOUBLE, RED DAWN, STONE, HUNG and CONVICTION.
His teleprompter work has included series such as the Daytime Emmy winning Innovation Nation with Mo Rocca, CBS, Did I mention Invention with Alie Ward on the CW and The James Brown Show on CBS Sports. Having always been interested in new technologies Mark began operating robot cameras and Vison Mixers for webcasts and live shows.
Prior to broadcast work, Mark was responsible for the design, oversight and implementation of MacLean-Hunter Cable LTD’s community access center in EastPointe and Centerline, Michigan. As Production Manager, his skills were tested in all areas from training staff, city officials and volunteers to lighting editing, camera operating and directing.
Mark quite literally built a production facility, a mobile production vehicle and a following of community volunteers in order to create entertainment and informational programming for the franchise area. With the start up complete, Mark moved into commercial production in 1982.
Kevin Benzi-Media Strategies
Josh BohnBohn Broadcast Services
Lynn ClaudyNational Association of Broadcasters
Lynn Claudy is Senior Vice President of Technology for the National Association of Broadcasters (NAB), the trade association for radio and television broadcast stations in the United States. He joined NAB in 1988 as a Staff Engineer and held positions of Director of Advanced Engineering & Technology and Vice President before assuming his present position in 1995. Prior to joining NAB, he was employed by Hoppmann Corporation, a communications systems integration firm where he held a variety of technical and management positions. He also was a part-time professor in the Physics Department at the American University in Washington DC, where he taught courses in acoustics and audio technology. Previous to that, he was a Development Engineer at Shure Brothers Incorporated, a manufacturer of audio equipment.
He earned a BA degree from Oberlin College, BSEE from Washington University in St. Louis and MSEE degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology. He is a member of AES, AFCCE, IEEE, SBE and a SMPTE Fellow. He is also an appointed member of the FCC Technological Advisory Council and was the 2016 recipient of the IEEE BTS Jules Cohen Outstanding Engineering Achievement Award. He currently also serves as Chairman of the ATSC Board of Directors.
Vincent DuffyMichigan Radio
Vincent Duffy has been news director at Michigan Radio since May 2007. In his years leading the Michigan Radio news room, the news team has won scores of national, regional and state awards including Murrow Awards, Sigma Delta Chi awards, a duPont award and others.
Kirk HarnackThe Telos Alliance
Kirk Harnack brings nearly 40 years of hands-on experience in broadcast engineering and education to his position at The Telos Alliance. His expertise in putting technology to work in broadcast facilities has driven notable expansion in IP-Audio, VoIP for broadcast, and other new technology adoption by audio content creators.
Kirk maintains an active, hands-on role in broadcast engineering through his positions as a partner and VP-Engineering of South Seas Broadcasting, Inc., licensee of KKHJ-FM and WVUV-FM in American Samoa. He is also partner and Director of Engineering for Delta Radio, LLC, licensee of six radio stations in Cleveland, Indianola, and Greenville, Mississippi. Kirk is a certified Meteorologist, Private Pilot, and licensed General Class Amateur Radio operator (KD5FYD). He is a member of the Board of Directors of the Society of Broadcast Engineers, and has served as Chairman of the SBE Chapter in Memphis, Tennessee, and Program Chair and Vice-Chair of SBE Chapter 103 in Nashville, Tennessee.
Kirk founded the Internet video netcast, “This Week in Radio Tech” or “TWiRT”. This 1-hour weekly video netcast, features regular contributors and guests from the world of radio engineering.
Amanda HoltstromRoss Video
Amanda Holtstrom is the Product Manager for Ross Production Cloud at Ross Video. A computer engineer, Amanda has spent her career designing and delivering software systems to address key problems to a variety of industries. An advocate for great design and simple interfaces, Amanda joined Ross Video over a year ago and is also responsible for DashBoard and other production workflow solutions that Ross customers use to create amazing productions.
Boyd HuppertKARE-TV (Minneapolis)
Wade KingsleyThe Ideas Business
Wade founded The Ideas Business with the core purpose of wanting to create more creators. His belief is that creativity is not the domain of the few, but a skill within everyone. The key is how to unlock creative potential for individual and team success. Wade’s passion for the creative process combined with 25 years of experience in media, marketing, branding and sales delivers a unique skillset that you can tap into to grow your creative competency.
David LayerNational Broadcasters Association
David Layer is vice president, advanced engineering in NAB’s Technology department. David has been with NAB since 1995 focusing primarily on the radio technology and standards setting area.
David’s principal responsibilities include serving as a project manager for technology projects being conducted by PILOT (NAB’s innovation initiative), and as principal administrator of the NAB Radio Technology Committee, a group of technical executives from NAB member companies that advises NAB on technology development and technical regulatory matters. Currently, David is the chairman of the RadioDNS Steering Board and is the NAB representative to the RDS Forum. He is also vice-chair of the North American Broadcasters Association (NABA) Radio Committee. He is a senior member of the IEEE and a member of the Association of Federal Communications Consulting Engineers (AFCCE).
David was the recipient of Radio World’s 2015 Excellence in Engineering Award and was recognized by Radio Ink Magazine in November 2010 as among the top ten best engineers in radio. In 2014 David received the Consumer Electronics Association Technology Leadership Award. The IEEE BTS awarded David the Matti Siukola Memorial Award for the Best Paper of both the 2014 and 2018 IEEE Broadcast Symposia.
Mark LevyRevenue Development Resources
Described as a dynamic “value-packed” public speaker, “fabulous sales trainer and motivator,” and resource of “thousands of tips and approaches that always pay dividends,” Mark Levy has 35+ years of experience and expertise in growing organizations’ teams, profits and impact. As President and Co-Founder of Revenue Development Resources (RDR), Mark is a widely-known and highly-respected public speaker, sales and management trainer and coach, and business development consultant.
L’areal LipkinsLipkins Consulting Group
Chip MahaneyThe E. W. Scripps Company
Chip Mahaney has nearly 40 years of experience in news, primarily in television and digital, with 20 of those years in leadership positions at local and corporate levels. Chip is currently Emerging Talent Leader for The E. W. Scripps Company, founded in 1878, and now one of the largest local broadcast companies in the country. In Chip’s 12 years at Scripps, he has served in multiple roles at the corporate headquarters and also as News Director at the company’s hometown flagship, WCPO. Before coming to Scripps, Chip worked in management for local newsrooms in the Fox, Raycom, Gannett and Belo groups.
Chip served the industry for more than a decade on the board of Radio Television Digital News Association. He is a longtime judge of the annual Edward R. Murrow Awards, the Scripps Howard Awards and various regional Emmy Awards. He has taught in dozens of convention and conference settings, as well as for organizations such as The Poynter Institute and the Carole Kneeland Project. Over the years, Chip has mentored hundreds of developing journalists. He currently serves as a professional adviser to Ohio University’s E.W. Scripps School of Journalism. Chip is an avid distance runner, favoring the half marathon. He lives in Cincinnati with his wife Susan, a former longtime TV news executive producer and producer.
Jim MathisReinvention Nation
Working for an ad agency for 4 years, Zak McGraw has worked with clients from all over Michigan and the United States. Gaining experience in videography, 360 photography, 360 aerial photography and videography has pushed him toward new experiences and technology. With an Associates in Computer Graphics Technology, from Schoolcraft College and a curiosity for new technology, becoming a licensed drone pilot and Google certified photographer was a breeze. Flying came easy from the experienced gained from the video games played over the years (for once they came in handy), but studying for the test was the real challenge. Zak is currently creating content on a freelance basis and is excited to see where things are headed.
Joe MillerDetroit-Pontiac Stage Employees Union
E. Joseph Miller is the Business Representative for IATSE Local 38, The Detroit-Pontiac Stage Employees Union. Elected to that office in 2016, he served for the previous 12 years as Secretary-Treasurer. Local 38’s members work as technicians in the entertainment industry: stagehands, film crew technicians and engineers, trade show workers, and audiovisual technicians.
Joe graduated from Rochester Institute of Technology with a BFA in photographic illustration. For most of his career, he specialized in lighting and scenic design for television and film productions.
In addition to his work with IATSE, Joe serves as Vice President of the Metropolitan Detroit AFL-CIO. Joe is also the Chair of the IATSE Locals 38 & 812 Pension Fund, and the Career Advisory Board of the Detroit School for the Arts. Born and raised in Detroit, he remains active with several community and civic groups in the city.
Gary MooreLocal Broadcast Sales
Gary MooreGary Moore is President of Local Broadcast Sales (the nation’s leading independent broadcast sales training and new business development website). He served as co-Dean of the New York State Broadcaster’s Association Two-Week TV Sales School. He has successfully led and had day-to-day responsibility for advertising and online sales team members in Dallas, San Diego, Sacramento, Houston, Riverside, Oceanside, Santa Monica, and Modesto. Gary and his wife Ann live in the San Diego area and have eleven children.
Madeleine NolandAdvanced Television Systems Committee
Madeleine Noland is the President of the Advanced Television Systems Committee Inc. Widely respected for her consensus-building leadership style, she chaired the ATSC technology group that oversees the ATSC 3.0 next-generation broadcast standard before being named ATSC President in May 2019. Previously, she chaired various ATSC 3.0-related specialist groups, ad hoc groups and implementation teams since 2012.
A 15-year industry veteran, Noland held key technology management and standards roles at Backchannelmedia Inc., Telvue Corp. and LG Electronics. She received TV NewsCheck’s “2019 Futurist” Women in Technology Award and was named one of 2018’s “Powerful Women in Consumer Technology” by Dealerscope magazine. In 2016, she received the ATSC’s highest technical honor, the Bernard J. Lechner Outstanding Contributor Award. She graduated cum laude from the University of Massachusetts.
Wayne PecenaKAMU, Texas A&M University
Wayne M. Pecena is the Assistant Director of Educational Broadcast Services at Texas A&M University. He serves as the Director of Engineering for KAMU Public Radio and Television and TTVN – The Texas A&M University System wide area data and distance learning network where he is responsible for technical infrastructure implementation and ongoing operations. Recent projects included the migration of the TTVN infrastructure to the Regional Oprical Network environment provided by the Lonestar Education and Research Network. Wayne holds BS and MS degrees from Texas A&M University and holds Professional Broadcast Engineer (CPBE) and Networking Technologist (CBNT) certifications from the Society of Broadcast Engineers.
Seth ReslerJacobs Media Strategies
Jeremy SaloCLV Productions
Jeremy Salo is a producer, cinematographer, and editor at CLV Productions. He produced “Your Brush with Nature,” an Emmy-nominated television series which was nationally syndicated on PBS, Create TV, plus internationally on Netflix, Amazon and various foreign broadcast stations. He is the President of the Detroit ACM SIGGRAPH chapter and on the Board of Directors of the Michigan Production Alliance. For over 10 years, Jeremy has shared his 20+ years of TV and media experiences an an Adjunct Assistant Professor in Computer Graphics Technology at Schoolcraft College in Livonia, Michigan. He’s the college’s Core Ability Team Leader for Demonstrate Creative and Critical Thinking. Jeremy is also a member of the Schoolcraft Advisory Committee. He received a Master of Arts in Teaching from Madonna University along with a BA in Television and Video Communications. Jeremy is an underwater cinematographer and has recorded for Hook n’ Look on the Outdoor Channel. He is an Ambassador for Scuba Diving for Aquatic Adventures of Michigan and a Master Diver through PADI.
Sheri StuartWBKB-TV (Alpena)
Sheri is the News Director and an Anchor at WBKB-TV (Alpena). She is a graduate of Central Michigan and Michigan State University where she studied broadcast journalism. Her career has spanned leadership roles as a radio news reporter and public relations strategist. She is the recipient of several journalism education fellowship awards she earned while working in Southern California. As a freelance writer and reporter, her work has been featured in the Los Angeles Wave and Crown City News.
John TkacLocal Broadcast Sales
John TkacJohn Tkac earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Notre Dame and a master’s degree from the University of Georgia. John has worked at, operated, and now consults with some of the largest car and truck dealerships in America. He is also a regular presenter for Local Broadcast Sales keeping broadcasters informed on how to approach, sell, and keep up with the fast-paced and ever-changing automotive world.
Jeff has been with Nautel for over 30 years, the first 17 of which were spent in field service and technical support positions, as well as assisting Engineering with design review of new products and improvement of existing systems. Since moving to Sales in 2007, Jeff keeps finding ways to get his hands dirty and can frequently be found assisting in the install of a transmitter he’s sold, as well as performing several site inspections every year, along with the occasional repair. Recipient of the SBE’s James C. Wulliman Educator of the Year Award for 2018, Jeff writes several articles and performs presentations every year on the topics of lightning protection, grounding, transmitter site safety and various other subjects of interest in the broadcast engineering field, as well as being a contributor to the 11th edition, NAB Engineering Handbook, authoring the chapter on Facility Grounding Practice and Lightning Protection, among others.
‘UN-CONVENTIONAL’ Exhibit Hall
The Federal Communications Commission regulates interstate and international communications by radio, television, wire, satellite, and cable in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and U.S. territories. An independent U.S. government agency overseen by Congress, the Commission is the federal agency responsible for implementing and enforcing America’s communications law and regulations.
GatesAir (formerly Harris Broadcast) has been an innovator in over-the-air broadcasting for nearly 100 years, and today offers the industry’s broadest portfolio with the most energy-efficient TV & Radio transmitters to help broadcasters deliver and monetize content around the globe. GatesAir is the only company to support all digital radio standards (HD Radio, DAB and DRM/DRM.) Intraplex solutions move beyond STL to studio-to-studio transport, live remotes, and content contribution and distribution. Flexible IP codec solutions enable efficient transport over the network for these applications, ensuring that broadcasters can effectively move content between locations for virtually any on-air need.
LiveU is changing the rules of the game for live news and dynamic sports coverage, providing all-in-one production-level field units for live video streaming and remote production workflows. Together with its cloud-based management and next-gen IP distribution platforms, LiveU offers the most cost-effective end-to-end contribution, production and distribution solution. The inventor and innovator of cellular bonding, LiveU is synonymous with high-quality and flawless live video solutions, transmitted from anywhere in the world. With 3K+ customers in 130+ countries, LiveU is the solution of choice for global broadcasters, sports and entertainment, streaming to TV, mobile, online and social media.
Nemal Electronics is a fully integrated US manufacturer of fiber optic, copper, and hybrid cable, connectors, assemblies, panels, and reeler systems for A/V, HD broadcast, RF, and data. Our Products include LEMO SMPTE and Neutrik OpticalCON cables, HD/3G/4K audio, video and hybrid cable, tactical fiber, RF cables and patented DT-12 connectors. We manufacture extra flexible, rugged high-power UL rated speaker cables with Neutrik PowerCON or SpeakON connectors. Fiber products include SMPTE panels, pigtails, and fiber optic cleaning kits. Our latest product innovation, Stadium-4 Plenum SMPTE cable, won the Best of Show award by Sound and Video Contractor at InfoComm 2019.
Shively Labs, a division of Howell Laboratories, Inc., manufactures a complete line of FM antennas, filters, combiners, and coax components. Shively’s unique FM antenna line will support all needs, including multi-station shared sites, complex directional systems, and low power translators. Shively also offers a complete array of filters and combiner products, designed to be configured for any FM installation. We are an Employee Owned Company, and we take pride in everything that leaves our building. Let’s work together on your next project.
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